City of Kinston, NC
Kinston, a recipient of the prestigious All America City Award, is located 80 miles east of Raleigh. Spirit AeroSystems' manufacturing jobs as well as Lenoir County's Global TransPark secured the area's place as a major player in the aerospace industry. The Neuse River winds its way through Kinston, providing boaters with a relaxing place to paddle. Down-home restaurants and the Kinston Indians minor league ball club promote a family-friendly atmosphere.For those people interested in the walkability of a community, Kinston has a Walk Score® of 32.
Median Household Income$28,728
Median Home Price$103,200
Attracting artists and creative types to Kinston has been on the city’s agenda for some time. What began years ago with a few projects has now blossomed into a full-fledged arts and cultural district downtown that includes restaurants, music venues, art galleries and public art installations, as well as a housing development designated for artists and artisans.
The structure that now houses the Caswell No. 1 Fire Station Museum was constructed in 1895 after a widespread conflagration destroyed nearly all the structures in downtown Kinston. This building is the oldest brick structure in Kinston and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The oldest remaining municipal building in Lenoir County, it has served Kinston for more than a century.
Lenoir County offers a front row pass to several interesting cultural attractions, including museums, plays, galleries and historic sites. Lenoir Community College
Kinston restaurants serve up a tasty mix of regional and international cuisines as well as farm-to-fork fare. Ginger 108 For Asian fusion food that's "authentic, but not traditional," Ginger 108's chef Tripp Sauls incorporates local and global ingredients to achieve innovative, bold flavors. Customers rave about the seared Ahi tuna in ponzu sauce; the grilled flat-iron stake with Thai chimuchurri sauce; and Holly's salmon topped with lump crabmeat.
Opened in 2008, The Peppered Cupcake delivers a delicious twist on the classic cupcake by pairing unusual flavor combinations. The Peppered Cupcake is the fulfillment of owner Tabitha Meready’s lifelong dream of running her own self-sustaining business. She was inspired to create The Peppered Cupcake when she attended a grand opening event catered by another cupcake maker.
Variety is the spice of life, and that includes restaurants – especially in Kinston-Lenoir County, where restaurants range from fine dining to more casual places. Chef & the Farmer
Kinston is well-stocked with a number of nearby fishing holes at places including lakes, streams, reservoirs and more. Among the nearby lakes are Ketchum Pond in the Deep Run area and Pine Lake in the La Grange area. Nearby reservoirs include Davis Mill Pond and Hardy Mill Pond in the Seven Springs area, Kelly’s Pond in the Rivermont area, Nobels Mill Pond and Stroud Pond in the Pink Hill area, Walters Mill Pond in the La Grange area and Tull Mill Pond in the Deep Run area.
Neuseway Nature Park is home to several attractions, including the Neuseway Planetarium, the Lenoir Memorial Hospital Health and Science Museum, and the Exchange Nature Center, as well as a nature park and campground.
Go have fun and play in Kinston, where indoor and outdoor recreational opportunities such as sports, swimming pools, training centers and the Neuse River are available to residents. Parks & Rec Programs
If shopping is your passion, then Kinston, N.C. offers plenty. From the Lenox outlet to a sportsman’s paradise at Neuse Sports Shop, and everything in between, there’s undoubtedly something for everyone. Downtown and Herritage Landing
Quick trivia question: Where is the largest display of infant furniture in all of North Carolina? Answer: Kinston. H. Stadiem on North Queen Street has been a shopping staple in downtown Kinston since 1903 with 34,000 square feet of floor space. The store originally sold only men’s clothing but is now a complete independent department store.
Kinston, NC is home to numerous unique shopping districts including Vernon Park Mall, Frenchman's Creek, Kinston's Plaza and Park View. These shopping centers provide a mixture of well-known national retailers along with more personal locally owned, independent stores. Distinct within these shopping centers, Vernon Park Mall is home to one of the biggest workforces in Lenoir County with about 300 employees. Its anchoring stores are the well-known retailers Belk, JCPenney's and Sears. Below is a listing of some of the stores available here.